Swedish maritime archaeologists have found two wrecks believed to be 17th century warships, at the very least one among which is prone to be the sister ship of the Vasa, a historic vessel that sank on its maiden voyage.
“Once I got here down as the primary diver … I noticed this wall 5 or 6 metres excessive and I got here up and there was a large warship,” the maritime archaeologist Jim Hansson mentioned. “It was an exhilarating feeling.”
The 2 wrecks have been discovered within the Swedish archipelago outdoors the city of Vaxholm in a strait main into Stockholm.
Vasa, named after one among Sweden’s kings, was a 69-metre vessel geared up with 64 cannons. It was meant to have been an emblem of Swedish army may, however capsized and sank lower than a mile into its maiden voyage in 1628.
The ship was salvaged in 1961 and is on show at Stockholm’s Vasa Museum, one among Sweden’s hottest vacationer spots.
Three different ships – Applet, Kronan and Scepter – have been ordered from the identical shipwright, and all served within the Swedish navy and took part in battles.
“We predict that a few of them have been sunk within the space,” mentioned Patrik Hoglund, one other maritime archaeologist and diver on the newly established Museum of Wrecks. They’re believed to have been sunk intentionally once they have been decommissioned, serving as underwater spike strips for enemy ships.
The divers took samples of wooden samples from the newest wrecks to be found, which might be despatched to a laboratory for relationship. “Then we will even see the place the timber has been minimize down after which we will return and look within the archives and I feel we’ve got good probabilities to inform precisely which ship that is,” Hansson mentioned.
Regardless of being centuries previous, the wrecks, just like the Vasa , are in pretty good situation, due to the brackish waters of the Baltic Sea. “We don’t have salt water and a few organisms that reside in different waters don’t exist within the Baltic, so it is rather nicely preserved usually in our waters,” Hoglund mentioned.
There are at present no plans to salvage them, as a result of they’re higher preserved at sea.